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Afterlives of armed conflict: former rebels, new political formations, and shifting gender norms 
Isabel Käser (University of Bern)
Neslihan Yaklav (Queen's University Belfast)
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Neslihan Yaklav (Queen's University Belfast)
Axel Rudi (University of Bergen)
Wednesday 24 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The “post”-conflict moment has often been problematized as not being “post”-at all. This panel focuses on the ripple effects of violence in the afterlives of armed struggle. Situating the afterlife of armed struggle in a continuum of violence, we analyze how survivors navigate new lifeworlds.

Long Abstract:

The “post”-conflict moment has often been problematized as not being “post”-at all. Many of the violences that led to an armed conflict continue to reverberate after arms are put down (Cockburn 2004; Yavaro-Nashin et al. 2021), leaving behind scorched earth (Yildirim 2023), wounded bodies (Açıksöz 2020), broken communities (Bourgois 2004), and militarized gender norms and relations (Enloe 2023; Fischer-Tahir 2012; Theidon 2009; White 2007). In this panel, we want to further analyse how the ripple effects of violence (Bufacchi and Jools 2016) shape lived experiences, landscapes, and social orders in the afterlives of armed struggle. “Post”-conflict violence impacts subjectivities, social organizations, gender relations, notions of the future, and institutional shapes of states or governance formations. In this liminal space--where conflict has changed shape but often continues to live on--we ask, how do people conceive of and navigate the shifting terrain between militarized and civilian life? As the world is witnessing a rise in armed conflict, thinking about their afterlives is crucial to understand what continuities, aporias, and opportunities present themselves after a cease fire. We contend that only by paying attention to the ethnographic (and often most intimate) realities of people’s everyday lives, can anthropologists grasp how violence continues to reverberate. We therefore invite scholars working on gender, war and violence to submit papers that critically examine how and in which ways afterlives of war can be conceptualized and navigated, based on ethnographical engagement with people in and beyond conflict landscapes.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -